About Me

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Thank you so much for visiting my little corner of the blogosphere! What started out as a little family journal in 2008 has turned into a passion for sharing my life, faith, dreams and adventures as a homeschooling, crafty, bargain hunting, memory keeping mom of both biological and adopted children.

Our history is scattered throughout my postings, but the basic story is we have two biological kids, now 24 and 20, and three adopted siblings, now 23, 15, and 14. The last 12 years of our lives have been spent learning about the effects of RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder), mental and physical abuse and abandonment inflicted on the hearts of our children. Our journey has been filled with exhaustion, stress, anxiety, fear and ignorance while challenging our minds, bodies and spiritual lives. Our children have worked hard to be free of the bonds of the lies they believe about themselves from their very beginnings, to know they have value and purpose. We try to live our lives with openness while still protecting details of our children’s lives that would be hurtful or shameful for them to share.
Why do I share these difficulties of our lives regarding adoption? Because we are all adopted children of God, and there are many families living with the effects of these abuses brought into their homes through their chosen children. My passion is reaching out to hurting, discouraged moms, regardless of the situation, and giving them hope that they are not alone. As wives and mothers we face great challenges both in our homes and in the world. I hope this blog will be an encouragement to all who read.

Is there anything to my life besides RAD? Absolutely! I have been homeschooling 19 years and have a few more to go. I guess I’m eclectic in my approach, using some standard texts and programs while identifying and responding to the unique needs of my children.  I desire to teach my children how to think, make good decisions and walk with God to discern His plan for their lives. An education without character building and real life skills is knowledge without heart.

I also love to scrapbook (I’m a huge fan of Project Life), have a newfound interest in decorating and love any and all things thrifty. I don’t particularly love to cook, but I do love sharing tried and true family recipes and amazing new ones found on Pinterest.  I’m learning to be a better photographer, and I fight valiantly to learn that necessary evil, the computer.  My faith in God is the foundation from which comes all creative and beautiful things.

Thanks for joining me in this adventure called blogging. I hope you’ll make yourself at home! To contact me, click on your choice of the icons on the right column, and I will be happy to connect with you and share your stories and dreams.

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  1. Love 🙂

  2. You’ve been featured on Saturday Show & Tell @ Cheerios and Lattes this week!
    Mackenzie 🙂

  3. I’m new – I’m probably considered old too – but I’m clueless with this blog thing. I’m sure I’m not the only one that does not know how to subscribe to get email’s from your blog. I only know how to subscribe when there’s a link to subscribe to “feedburner blogs.” Can you help me. Love ur stuff! Enjoyed hoping around your blog link posted on Tater Tots & Jello. Would love to follow you. You inspire me! Adios, glad

    • Hi! Thanks for the question. I have not added the ability to subscribe via email but you can subscribe via your reader (click on the rainbow looking button on my side bar and follow the steps) or you can send me a personal email via the email button. Hope to eventually add the email subscription capabilities!

  4. What a wonderful blog! I’m so glad to have found you. I love the way you write and your honesty about home schooling and all it’s imperfections (i’m home schooling my four kiddos).

  5. Hi Marty,
    Our adoption story is quite different from yours. We adopted out daughter when she was about 11 months old. First week was bliss (if she was held all the time, which we happily obliged) but week 2 through 25 were not so smooth. She would only sleep in 20-50 minute stretches. She would make it to 49 mins and we thought maybe this time would be different but she would wake a moment later and SCREAM for hours. She finally started sleeping for longer stretches when she started walking. 6 years later she’s a great sleeper! Otherwise life has been pretty uneventful! I don’t talk much about adoption on my blog, although with seeing our family photo it’s obvious that she’s adopted. Adoption is part of our regular conversation and she seems to feel comfortable talking about it, although I don’t think she fully grasps it yet.

    • Diana, I appreciate your sharing more of your adoption story with me. I understand all about attachment and trauma and have lived it for over 12 years, but our youngest was 15 months when he came to us. Because it was a multiple sibling adoption and special circumstances my youngest two didn’t get attachment therapy until their older bio sister left the home. Just a tragic situation but one that has changed us all. Thanks for following me!
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  6. Marty…I love your heart so much! My sister is fostering to adopt her little boy…brought him home from the hospital at five weeks and he just celebrated his first birthday! It’s awesome to see the love they have for their little guy (we all love him so much)! How great a love that He chose us as His own!!!
    XO, Aimee

    • Thank you, Aimee, for taking the time to leave me a comment on my blog. Adopting is a big deal and it’s also a big undertaking. Our story has had heartbreak and triumph, sometimes all rolled up in one! I pray for your sister that her son will know of the great love he has been given and of the One who keeps us giving.

  7. Marty,
    We too have an adopted child with RAD. It has been a journey for sure. We have homeschooled but currently he is in private school. So glad to have found your blog as we are God lovin, scrapbook, thrifty kind of people. Well, the scrapbook is more just Salvage Sister 🙂

    • Thanks so much for leaving a comment. I love to know when someone reads and has the adoption connection. You’ll find years of my writing about my journey parenting kids with attachment disorder on the blog. I’d love to stay in touch and hear more. God bless you!

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